Jeremiah 13:13-23 NIV

13 then tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness1 all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David's throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem.

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14 I will smash them one against the other, fathers and sons alike, declares the LORD. I will allow no pity2 or mercy or compassion3 to keep me from destroying4 them.' "

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Threat of Captivity

15 Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken.5

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16 Give glory6 to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble7 on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to thick darkness and change it to deep gloom.8

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17 But if you do not listen,9 I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears,10 because the LORD's flock11 will be taken captive.12

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18 Say to the king13 and to the queen mother,14 "Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns15 will fall from your heads."

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19 The cities in the Negev will be shut up, and there will be no one to open them. All Judah16 will be carried into exile, carried completely away.

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20 Lift up your eyes and see those who are coming from the north.17 Where is the flock18 that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?

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21 What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies?19 Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?20

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22 And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"21-- it is because of your many sins22 that your skirts have been torn off23 and your body mistreated.24

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23 Can the Ethiopiana change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.25

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    • b 13:23 - Hebrew "Cushite" (probably a person from the upper Nile region)